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Eastside Weekend: Head to the river for the Frogtown Artwalk | S’mores and stories under moonlight | Tales from the single scene

By LUCY GUANUNA

Elysian Valley will be abuzz this weekend with the 11th Frogtown Artwalk as art lovers young and old descend on the L.A. River to see the work of more than 50 artists at pop-up galleries, art installations and studios. A block party with musical performances will keep things fun, as will a full trailer bar and BBQ.

Read on for our top 10 events and things-to-do this weekend.

SATURDAY, September 22

Do your part – Brunch for a cause with Mapping Feminist Los Angeles at the Women’s Center for Creative Work in Cypress Park. The fundraiser brunch will benefit the volunteer-run project to build the Angelena Atlas, a crowdsourced online and print map to share feminist resources, services and events in Los Angeles County.  

Art – The long-awaited Frogtown Artwalk is finally going down at more than 37 venues around Elysian Valley. When you’re done perusing the art of more than 50 artists, take a stroll through an interactive light installation along the L.A. River, rest your feet at the literary lounge or see the master, artist Leo Limon, at work as he screen-prints live with Self Help Graphics.

Parking is limited, so make use of L.A.’s underused public transportation system or rideshare vehicles. Use this map to come up with your game plan!

Yoga & Meditation – If this last bit of summer has you feeling spent, push the reset button and bring in the fall with a Healing Breath Circle at Golden Sol Yoga in Los Feliz. The workshop will honor the fall equinox with a healing breathwork ceremony and kundalini yoga.

Dance – When the rest of L.A. has gone to bed, you’ll be at the Offbeat Bar celebrating their 4-year anniversary with Cha Cha, a cumbia dance party with a Selena tribute show at midnight.  

Dance – Frogtown Artwalk and Dublab are coming together to bring you the Clearwater Block Party, a concert with artists including Mia Doi Todd, the Okaguchi Brothers and Money Mark performing throughout the day. Beer will be available for purchase.

Storytelling – Everybody has their share of embarrassing stories about dates gone wrong. Now you get to sit back and listen to comedians and storytellers tell other peoples’ dating stories during the live series  and NYC-based podcast, Singleling, at the Lyric Hyperion in Silver Lake.

Music – Be transported to an evening in France as classical French music written for a string quartet is played live at the Santa Cecilia Arts & Learning Center in Eagle Rock. A glass of champagne will be thrown in to toast the Santa Cecilia Orchestra’s new season.

SUNDAY, September 23

Dance – It may be fall, but we’re in the city of endless sunshine. So let’s take advantage of it and spend the day dancing under the sun backyard-boogie style during La Junta’s 2018 Summer Finale day party at Tropico de Nopal Gallery in Echo Park.

Art – ChimMaya Gallery will be holding an opening reception for their Autumn Group Exhibition from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in East Los Angeles. The whimsical and colorful work of Robert Palacios and striking portraits painted by Margaret Garcia will be on display along with 13 other artists.     

S’mores & Stories – Bring a picnic and a blanket and get cozy by the fire to listen to author David Ulin and journalist Lynell George read new works as the moon rises over the L.A. River at the Bowtie Project in Glassell Park.

That’s It For This Weekend!

As always, it’s a good idea to check with event organizers about any changes.

Thanks for reading. Until next Thursday, stay on top of the rest of the week’s goings-on by visiting the Eastside Events Calendar.

— Lucy Guanuna

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